Carol M. Phelps (nee Austin)
Carol M. Phelps (nee Austin) of Waukesha died peacefully in her sleep at Avalon Square on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the age of 98, surrounded by her family. She was born in Racine, the daughter of Claude and Erma Austin.
Carol married the love of her life, Willard T. Phelps, on November 6, 1943. They owned and operated the Phelps Monument Company for over 33 years. Carol lived a life spent caring for and nurturing her husband, six children, 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
She was a quiet supporter of many organizations including First United Methodist Church of Waukesha, Food Pantry of Waukesha County and Hebron House. Her contributions to these organizations were done faithfully behind the scenes and often anonymously. She was known to make delicious cookies and candies, happily shared with her family and friends.
Carol is lovingly survived by her six children, Tom (Shirley) Phelps of West Allis, Ellen Colby of Atlanta, Mary (Gary) Toth of West Allis, David (Lee Ann) Phelps of Portland, Ore., Barbara Thode of Sheboygan; and William (Lara) Phelps of Milwaukee. She is also survived by a sister, Norma Jean Austin of Racine.
Carol was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Willard Phelps, and by her two sisters Muriel Austin and Mary Austin Haas.
Family members will be greeting friends and loved ones for a gathering on Sunday, June 26, at First United Methodist Church of Waukesha, 121 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. A private memorial service honoring Carolís life will be planned at a later date.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-5426609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.